“Popularity Alone Won’t Give Us Power”

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    Keith T Mambo
    Keith T Mambo
    Keith T. Mambo is currently a reporter for ZiMetro News . He focuses on identity politics for The Southern Eye. He was previously a fellow at the UCT University of Cape Town for Political Science.

    MDC Alliance deputy national chairperson, Job “Wiwa” Sikhala, has said popularity alone will not guarantee power for the opposition party.

    He made the remarks recently while addressing mourners at the funeral of MDC Alliance MP Anna Muyambo in Chitungwiza.

    The Zengeza West legislator speaks when the popular MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is being accused of lacking a strategy to dislodge the ruling ZANU PF from power. He told mourners:

    We have lost several party stalwarts since we began this journey. We cannot all perish before we reach our destination … What I have noticed is that popularity alone is not the way to get State power.

    I remember Daniel arap Moi in Kenya when he grabbed power from Jomo Kenyatta and was supposed to be a transitional leader for just six months, but clung to power for 24 years,” Sikhala said amid clapping and ululation from the gathered crowd.

    I also remembered that Patrice Lumumba was the most popular leader of the liberation struggle in Africa, but an unpopular Mobutu Sese Seko took charge of Zaire (now DRC) for over 30 years.

    The late (former president) Robert Mugabe was probably the most unpopular leader since the history of mankind and Morgan Tsvangirai was the most popular leader since the advent of politics, yet he died before he took State power.

    Sikhala added that Chamisa and the party are the most popular brands in the politics of this country, yet they were not in power while Mnangagwa who “cannot be voted for by a donkey” and Khupe who “is hated by dogs and reptiles,” were in power.

    He suggested that they needed to devise a strategy to avoid a situation whereby popular leaders, including Chamisa and himself, die popular but without taking over power.

    Source | Daily News

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